Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky Soda

I stopped by Mississippi Market on West 7th in St. Paul because we were driving by and I needed 1 thing for tacos later that day (a can of black beans), and this caught my eye:

Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky Soda


Brand: Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky Soda.

Origin: Tustin, CA.

Purchase Place: Mississippi Market, St. Paul, MN. (The one on West 7th.)

Sweetener: Invert Cane Sugar.

Review: I'm always in for a surprise when I try a "hippie" soda - I never know what to expect. This one was quite good though! The vanilla was nice and sweet and smooth, and the cherry was good too. It didn't have the depth of a "cola" (and wasn't labeled as such), but it didn't skimp on flavor and went down well. Quite good!

Score: 7.5 out of 10.

Monday, July 1, 2019

A&W Root Beer

I went camping with my boys over the weekend. I brought this bottle of A&W to share around the campfire as I haven't reviewed that yet here on this blog:

A&W Root Beer
On our picnic table with our tent peeking out back there. More photos from our trip here.


Brand: A&W Root Beer.

Origin: Plano, TX.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: I kinda went into this with high hopes. In my mind, A&W has been a decent root beer that I sort of compared all other root beers against. I recalled it was much smoother and tastier (to me) than Barq's ("Barq's has bite!"). But it ended up being just OK. It went down well, but I had hyped it up too much in my mind. I'll call it pretty average. It was smooth, but the sweetness wasn't all that great. It was just OK. (At least I had good company around the campfire...)

Score: 5.5 out of 10.


After our supper and root beer.

Playing in the creek before bed.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Polly's Pop Black Cherry

Last night, I opened this while cleaning the kitchen:

Polly's Pop Black Cherry



Brand: Polly's Pop Black Cherry.

Origin: Independence, MO.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This sure wasn't a black cherry "cola" - this was just a black cherry "pop" as the brand name implies. It was pretty smooth and just a bit creamy. Nothing remarkable, but pretty tasty. It went down easy.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

RC Royal Crown Cola

I had a lot of these as a kid at my grandparent's house, but I haven't had one in years...

RC Cola


Brand: RC Royal Crown Cola.

Origin: Plano, TX.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was a decent cola. It had the normal cola flavor, with a slight fruity sweetness at the end. Nothing remarkable, but still good.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Fluids Soda 10-30

I opened this a few hours ago:

Fluid Soda 10-30


Brand: Fluids Soda 10-30.

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: First of all, I did NOT know what this flavor was. There was nothing on the bottle saying what this would taste like. I figured it might be a cola, but it didn't smell like that. And it was quite dark - darker than a cola it would seem. When I took a sip, it was sweet and anise-like. (But I don't really like anise, and this wasn't horrible.) I then saw someone online (in its ONE Amazon review) say it kind of tasted like black jelly beans, and I could see where they were coming from. Unique and OK.

Score: 5.5 out of 10.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Melba's Fixins Key Lime Pie Soda

I opened this on a hot afternoon yesterday:

Melba's Fixins Key Lime Pie Soda


Brand: Melba's Fixins Key Lime Pie Soda

Origin: Camarillo, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is quite smooth and tasty! I expected this to be (AT BEST) a soda that I sip and didn't enjoy much. But it ended up being very drinkable. My oldest son likes key lime greek yogurt, and it reminds me of a liquid version of that. It was good!

Score: 8 out of 10.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Crush Grape

I was surprised to realize that I'd never reviewed any "Crush" sodas! So here's grape:

Crush Grape
On the deck of a little cabin I'm staying in right along Trade River in WI.


Brand: Crush Grape.

Origin: Plano, TX.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: I think most grape sodas can win me over pretty easily. This is one of them. It's sugary, sweet, and heavy on the grape. It tastes like being a kid. Tasty!

Score: 8.5 out of 10.